Hatch Mansfield: ISO 14001, Woodlands Trust and Carbon Offsetting

Over the last 6 years we have looked very hard at the best way to articulate our attitude to the environment, and how best to respond to the challenges involved. We talked to our suppliers, our customers, the trade and our team.

It would have been easy to adopt a couple of big issues and driven them hard and grabbed some headlines. However, easy wins is just that and we wanted something for the long term which is why we embarked on achieving ISO 14001 accreditation.

ISO 14001 is a comprehensive environmental management system. Many of our suppliers have ISO accreditation to manage their environmental impacts through the production chain from vineyard to packaged product. Our freight carriers Hillebrand are a standard bearer for ISO 14001 shipping to the UK and many of our larger customers have, or are moving towards accreditation.

Some of the key features required by ISO14001 include:

  • a thorough ongoing analysis of all the companys environmental impacts

  • a structured response, policy and plan

  • a commitment to continuous improvement and reduction of pollution

  • a detailed knowledge of legal compliance

  • full engagement of the Hatch Mansfield team

  • bi-annual external audits

If you have any questions regarding our ISO14001 Environmental Management System, please contact markobryen@hatch.co.uk.

In addition, since 2013 we have been working with the Woodland Trust to mitigate our impact on the environment by locking up carbon emissions in the UK through woodland creation.

Our commitment is to plant 1 acre every year via the trust’s 'Woodland Carbon' scheme.

Trees are nature's most powerful tool in helping to combat climate change. They suck in harmful carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere and breathe out fresh, clean oxygen. As they grow, trees absorb the CO2 emissions and store the carbon in their roots, trunks and branches. The carbon dioxide stays there for the lifetime of the tree, and so by planting new ones, we create a cycle whereby CO2 is being permanently removed. This leads to cleaner, fresher air for everyone to breathe and helps cool down the planet.

Since 2014 Hatch Mansfield have taken the further step to offset all the CO2 created by the company’s business travel (cars, planes, trains etc.) and the distribution of all wine from LCB, our UK warehouse.  By asking staff and customers to vote on which carbon project to support, we ensure the choice has the most resonance with our key stakeholders.

In 2015 we invited our team and customers to vote for the most worthy carbon offset project to address the CO2 created by the distribution of our wines from London City Bond during 2014, we have subsequently partnered with Carbon Footprint; and offset a further 328 tonnes of CO2, by supporting the sustainable use of the LifeStraw Family water purification device in rural Kenya.

Hatch Mansfield are also a corporate supporter of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) via selected wines from Jean-Luc Colombo, giving an annual donation, to help the BBKA's research into the health of honey bees.

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